Thursday, July 06, 2006

Lay's Death and His Sentencing

I don't usually like to pick on a man who just passed away, out of respect for his family, but Ken Lay's death is very suspicious in regards to the timing. Mr. Lay was a CEO, a man who looked in pretty good shape, not overweight, and probably on a good diet. He suddenly dies of a heart attack. It has not been mentioned he having a previous heart attack or heart problems, from what I've read, (perhaps other sources had more info). Maybe the stress of the past five years since he was caught with his beloved company going down and he and his top men taking millions got to his heart.

But now, according to this L.A. Times article Mr. Lay's conviction may now be in doubt, and erased all together because he died before his sentencing.

But when a defendant who pleaded not guilty dies before sentencing, as Lay did, in most cases the conviction is wiped out on the grounds that the defendant did not have the opportunity to appeal, legal experts said.

"Fifth Circuit law in particular is clear on this point," Stanford University law professor Robert Weisberg said Wednesday, referring to the federal region that includes Houston.

I don't know about anyone else, but this is pretty fishy to me. Elitists love to leave behind a legacy for their children. What a terrible thing for an elitist to leave behind a criminal record in their family. It hurts the future. I don't know, I'm just making a stab in the dark, but timing is the key in life, and the timing of Mr. Lay's death is very suspect.


At 7/06/2006 11:32:00 AM, Blogger Sherpa said...

No matter what happened, I'm not comfortable with speculating about it all. He's dead. end of story. No matter if he had a criminal record or not, the family is still left with the pieces. He'll be judged in the hereafter, and that's all I need to know.


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